Philomel Books, 2015
Audience: All Teens
A gorgeously told novel in verse written with intimacy and power, Audacity is inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a spirited young woman who emigrated from Russia to New York at the turn of the twentieth century and fought tenaciously for equal rights. Bucking the norms of both her traditional Jewish family and societal conventions, Clara refuses to accept substandard working conditions in the factories on Manhattan's Lower East Side. For years, Clara devotes herself to the labor fight, speaking up for those who suffer in silence. In time, Clara convinces the women in the factories to strike, organize, and unionize, culminating in the famous Uprising of the 20,000.
Powerful, breathtaking, and inspiring, Audacity is the story of a remarkable young woman, whose passion and selfless devotion to her cause changed the world.
I read Audacity because I had heard good reviews on it and that it was being considered for awards. Honestly, it was well-written, but it didn’t seem unique. It didn’t have that special something that most award-winners have. All of that aside, it was an inspirational story about a woman who helped change the world. Because of people like her, I have a lot more opportunities available to me today. I’m glad this book was written to help young people learn about women who made change happen. Maybe it will even inspire other young ladies to help make the world an even better place.